▪ Pope Francis at the beginning of the New Year, in view of the 100th anniversary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict XV, announced an Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019, with the theme ‘Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on a Mission in the World’. It is to bring awareness of the missio ad gentes, and reinvigorating the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel with new enthusiasm.
▪ On the Feast of Epiphany the communities of Pallottine Missionaries in Rome, together with many guests, the Pallottine and Salvatorian Fathers, UAC members with the President Ms Donatella Acerbi, gathered in the Procura General for the festivity. As every year, the celebration included the traditional house blessing, vespers and Christmas carols - all under the direction of Fr. Jaroslaw Rochowiak, SDB. An Agape closed this beautiful Pallottine evening.
▪ In the spirit of the Union and the Pallottine charism, and moved by the wish for encountering St. Vincent Pallotti in the life and mission of the diverse female Congregations with Pallottine Spirituality from different parts of the world, Sr. Izabela Świerad SAC, Superior General of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters and Sr. Ivete Garlet CSAC, Superior General of the "Roman Pallottine Sisters” organized a sisterly gathering of the General Superiors. It was held in the Generalate of SAC Sisters from 18-22 January 2019. The participants were the Superior Generals of Hildegard Sisters of the Cath. Apostolate (Germany), Sisters of St. Theresa of the Cath. Apostolate (Germany), Congregation of the Eucharistic Sisters of St. Vincent Pallotti (Italy), Sisters of Mother of Divine Love (South Africa), Cenacle Sisters of the Heart of Jesus (India). The program included several conferences and walking in the footsteps of St. Vincent Pallotti. They also had the joy of participating in the triduum and feast of St. Vincent Pallotti with the entire Pallottine Family in Rome. (more detail on the website)
▪ The Triduum of St. Vincent Pallotti was celebrated at the church of SS. Salvatore in Onda under the themes for each day: St. V. Pallotti, a Mystical Apostle; St. V. Pallotti, a Missionary without bounderies and St. V. Pallotti, prophet of the spirituality of communion. The preachers for these days were Fr. Fabio Ciard OMI, a Professor of the Institute of the Theology of concecrated life – Claretianum; Fr. Albin Bukuru, the vice Rector of the Pontifical College Urbaniana and Fr. Joseph Lazak SAC, the Vicar General of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate. On the day of the Solemnity of St. Vincent Pallotti, the Pallottine Family gathered at the tomb of the Founder for Holy Eucharist presided by Mons. Piero Coccia, Archbishop of Pesaro. He spoke on ‘St Vincent Pallotti, an apostle attentive to the cry of the city’. The celebration was concluded with an agape in the Hotel Ponte Sisto.
▪ At the beginning of the month Sr. Izabela Świerad participated in a meeting of General Superiors in Roman Constellation (UISG), under the theme: The Prophecy of Holiness in Religious Life today. Later days of the month Sr. Izabela Świerad, Sr. Josephina D’Souza, Sr. Mary McNulty and Sr. Marie-Claire Mukeshimana participated in a 10-days Workshop on ‘Engaging our diversity through Interculturality’ at the UISG Head Office in Rome.
▪ On the feastday of St. Vincent Pallotti, we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the profession of Sr. Vianne Kim in Limburg. Sisters from Munich and Refrath communities joined her for this joyful day. During the vigil prayer, Sr. Helga Weidemann Provincial Superior and all the sisters extended their wishes to the Jubilarian, and on 22nd during the Eucharistic celebration, Sr. Gertrud Meiser presented some thoughts on the life of Sr. Vianne and her mission. Later we had the surprise and joy of a Korean lunch.
▪ At the beginning of the New Year, ten aspirants were accepted into Candidacy, twelve Junior Sisters renewed their vows, and twelve second year Novices from the International Novitiate were sent to different communities in Rwanda and Tanzania for their community and apostolic experience. ▪ The feast of St. Vincent Pallotti was celebrated by all communities. The community of Siuyu joined with lay members of the Union for a celebration with Fr. Tom Ryan, SAC and the handicapped children at the Rehabilitation Center in Siuyu. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist was presided by Fr. John Makabe, SAC the Parish Priest and concelebrated by Fr. Tom and Fr. Stephen Mulli SAC. During the Mass a group of the Sisters, Postulants and laity, portrayed a drama on the life of our holy Founder St. Vincent Pallotti.
▪ During the month of January, Sisters from Laurel community attended the funeral of Fr. Joe Kuchar, a Pallottine priest who had been saying Mass for the community every week. ▪ On Friday, January 18th, Srs. Karen Lester, Danuta Przybylek, and Stella Holisz, together with a busload of Pallotti High School students and parishioners participated in the 46th annual March for Life, in the Nation’s Capital, in Washington, D.C. There were thousands of people silently protesting against abortions.
▪ Sr. Francesca Lowis, from Buckhannon, WV, received a comment on Facebook from a woman from Connecticut saying that her grandmother, Lucy Pallotti, was a grandniece of St. Vincent. Lucy Pallotti wrote that she has been told St. Vincent´s story her whole life. As the family historian she has gathered information about the Italian immigrants´ stories of her grandmother´s family. Lucy Pallotti had been invited to and attended the Beatification as well as the Canonization of Vincent Pallotti. Our Pastor, Fr. Joe, celebrated a Mass in the in honor of St. Vincent Pallotti for the intentions of all Pallottines. As a matter of fact, a Mass is celebrated on or near the 22nd of every month for all Pallottines.
▪ On the 10th two Pallottine brothers completed 5 weeks of apostolic experience and returned to their formation house in Kwazulu Natal. Their stay was very precious, especially for our children in the Home as they spent most of their time feeding the babies, playing and giving some religious instruction to bigger ones.
▪ In preparation for the feast of St. Vincent Pallotti, both communities of Pinelands and St. Joseph’s joined in a nine-day novena with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Pallottine Fathers and our Chaplain in Pinelands took turns in giving us reflections on Pallotti. ▪ On the 22nd, the Eucharist was celebrated by six priests along with participation of a big group of Pallottine friends and benefactors. Later we shared the joy of the day with finger lunch.
▪ On the Solemnity of St. Vincent Pallotti, in Gniezno, during morning prayers presided by Fr. Mariusz Wieczorkiewicz, two novices received their religious habit. This ritual was carried out by the Provincial, Sr. Iwona Nadziejko. Later a solemn thanksgiving Mass was celebrated.
▪ On January 3-5, at John XXIII Center in Yaoundé, the Pallottine Sisters in Cameroon had a meeting with the theme: How to help the poor when times and circumstances are constantly changing? Sr. Weronika Sakowska, SAC, the Delegate Superior opened the meeting with words of welcome. Fr. Joseph Jules Nkodo, SAC, Regional Superior of the Cameroon Region and Fr. Aloys Essono SAC were resource persons. On that day sisters shared their experiences: Sr. Nadege spoke about the Junior formation meeting in Rome; Sr. Anna Kot shared about the international novitiate in Tanzania - the richness of culture, diversity and its beauty; Sr. Małgorzata Lech spoke about formators´ courses in Cameroon. The meeting was concluded by Sr. Weronika Sakowska with words of encouragement, to live everyday life in the light of the Gospel, undertaking tasks with humility and openness of heart.
▪ With great joy we received the colourful results of the National Examinations of Saint Vincent Pallotti Primary School in Masaka. All our 42 candidates passed in grade I taking the first position in the District and the 9th position at the National level. This gave the Sisters and the parents a lot of hope and courage for the continuation of studies.
▪ The festivity of St. Vincent Pallotti, was joyfully celebrated in union with the whole Pallottine Family. The Triduum was organized in each LCC, where lay members, priests and sisters gathered during these three days to pray together and reflect on the life and work of the Founder. On the day of the solemnity, all gathered in Gikondo at the place of the NCC where a solemn Mass was presided by Fr. Eugen Niyonzima, Provincial Superior of the Pallottine Fathers and concelebrated by many Pallottine Priests. It was followed by a fraternal banquet, offered in the garden of the Community of the Pallottine Fathers.
▪ With the death of Sr Adelhilde Rumpf on 26 November 2018, changes took place in the life of the Pallottine Sisters. Now, Sr. Daniela Schumacher, is the only Sister remaining in Bernhardzell, one of two existing small communities in Switzerland. The Pallottines have worked and lived there since 1944. In the course of the 75 years, the sisters there have done so much good, serving as nurses and teachers, as founders and leaders of a Home for the Elderly and a Domestic School. Some sisters have worked as kindergarten teachers in neighbouring communities, others in pastoral care. Sr. Daniela has lived and worked almost all the time in Bernhardzell, since her entrance in 1963. That is why she is very connected with the local population, not least through various tasks that she still performs.
It is Sr. Daniela’s wish to be able to continue to live and work among the people whom she knows, loves and to whom she is very close. As memebers of one Delegature community we all remain one with Sr. Daniela, and we wish her God's loving accompaniment on all her journeys in this special phase of her life as a Pallottine Sister.
▪ On the 3rd, in Twichakma, Tripura state of North East of India, our new hostel for the local children was inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Simon Fernandes CSC, the Provincial Superior of the Holy Cross Fathers, in the presence of 6 priests and 40 villagers with their leaders. Already 31 children are joyfully living in this hostel. We are grateful to God, who blesses us each day.
▪ The community in Gurundia joined the parishioners for nine days of novena in preparation for the feast of St. Vincent Pallotti. There was a solemn Eucharistic celebration on January 20th at the parish church, followed by a cultural program and festive meal. The little students of our English medium school presented a beautiful dance to animate the day.
▪ Our 2nd year Novices participated in the three-days inter novitiate program at Old Goa, led by Fr. Amirtharaj, a Dominican priest. Over 40 Novices from different Congregations were present. The theme was “New trend in Religious Life".